The award follows the announcement that Big Talk is to open a new production base in Manchester, where Cold Feet was filmed.
The Royal Television Society has recognised Big Talk show Cold Feet as its Best Drama Series at their North West awards, announced in a Manchester ceremony on Saturday 10 November.
In attendance to collect the award were star Fay Ripley and executive producers Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice, in addition to Kathryn O’Connor and Margaret Conway, who co-produced and line produced the seventh series of Cold Feet respectively.
O’Connor and Conway are currently producing the eighth series of the show. O’Connor was recently named as Big Talk’s choice to oversee its new production base in Manchester, Big Talk North, which will continue to work closely with Conway and Helen Blyth, line producer of the eighth series of Cold Feet, and will invest in and build on the company’s strong relationships with talent in the north of England, both in front of and behind the camera.
Big Talk was also recognised in other categories by the RTS: Cold Feet, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary after a triumphant return to ITV screens in September 2016, saw drama performance nominations for James Nesbitt, John Thomson and Fay Ripley, while Timewasters received nods for Best Comedy, Best Breakthrough Talent for Daniel Lawrence Taylor and Best Performance in a Comedy for Samson Kayo.
Having seen two new critically-acclaimed series launch on ITV following the show’s relaunch in 2016, whereupon it was one of the channel’s most successful drama launches of the year, Cold Feet has continued to be recognised by awards bodies, being named Best Drama by the Virgin Money Giving Mind Media Awards in 2017 and receiving numerous additional nominations across drama and acting categories. Written and created by Mike Bullen, Cold Feet stars James Nesbitt, Hermione Norris, Robert Bathurst, Fay Ripley and John Thomson as the nation’s favourite ‘fifty something’ friends as we follow their lives in Manchester.
Timewasters has gone from strength to strength since it launched to over one million viewers last year. Following a successful first series, which was the most watched new comedy in 2017 for 16-24s on any digital channel in the UK, and being described as ‘a breath of delightful fresh air’ by Heat and ‘charmingly odd, provocative, stylish and silly’ by Sunday Times Culture, the series has gone on to be nominated for Best Comedy Series by BAFTA and won Daniel Lawrence Taylor the RTS national award for Breakthrough Talent as well as a nomination in the same category at the Edinburgh TV Awards.
Both series will be returning in 2019.
See more on the RTS North West awards website.